Be Reconciled to God
Bishop George Coleman and the priests of the Diocese of Fall River welcome you to the official website of the Be Reconciled to God Weekend.
This Weekend will take place on Friday March 19-20, 2010
in the parishes of the Diocese of Fall River.
In most parishes, confessions will be heard from 6-8 pm on Friday, March 19, and from 11 am to 1 pm and 2-3:30 pm on Saturday, March 20
. Several parishes have adapted the hours, however, so we encourage you either to click on the "Confession Schedule" link to your left or see your local parish bulletin or website to confirm the times.
Last year, in our first Diocesan-wide Reconciliation Weekend, over 5,000 Catholics, including many who had been away from this sacrament or the Church for many years, came to receive the infinite treasure of God's merciful love. We are hoping that thousands more, including you, will come this year.
There are many helpful resources on this website for individuals, pastors, and parishes. On the bar to your left, you will booklets, fliers, pamphlets, articles, videos and radio clips about aspects of the Sacrament of Penance or about the Catholic faith in general. Please take advantage of them and tell those you know about them.
This Year's Reconciliation Weekend is taking place within the Catholic Church's Year for Priests, marking the 150th anniversary of the birth into eternal life of St. John Vianney, the patron saint of priests. So convinced was St. John Vianney of the power of the Sacrament of Penance that he spent 12-18 hours a day for more the 30 years offering the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation to people who would wait for up until 8 days to receive God's mercy (see the link on the left to learn more about him and the Sacrament of Penance). Pope Benedict has named him the patron saint of all priests and has encouraged all priests to imitate his example in the confessional . This Reconciliation Weekend outreach is one means by which the priests of the Diocese of Fall River are trying to do so.
The theme of this Reconciliation Weekend, Be Reconciled to God, comes from St. Paul's first letter to the Christians in Corinth. His words still echo powerfully for all of us today, before and after the Reconciliation Weekend:
"We are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We beseech you on behalf of Christ. Be reconciled to God." (2 Cor 5:20)
So please come on March 19 or 20 to experience the grace of Reconciliation with God.